Heritage Hits – Winter Edition

The nights are dark, damp and frankly quite depressing! Well, fear not as we are here to brighten up your day and provide suggestions for all your heritage and feminism needs. Here’s some colourful events we suggest to cheer you up!

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Want a fun and exciting exhibition which focuses solely on women? Why not pop along to Hillhead Library to discover more about the Women, War & the West End Project.  The exhibition focuses on women who have helped to shape the West End since 1914 and includes doctors, mothers, artists and designers. Admission is FREE and the exhibition will be on until 29th November 10am-5pm daily.

Visible Girls / Invisible Spaces is Historic Environment Scotland’s Year of Young People exhibitions. The exhibition brings photographer Anita Corbin’s much acclaimed exhibition ‘Visible Girls: Revisited’ to Scotland for the first time, a show that documents the lives, tribes and spirit of British women in 1981. A group of 18-26 year olds in Scotland have taken inspiration from this exhibition.  Along with material in HES’s National Record for the Historic Environment, in order to document the spaces that matter to them. Their show is called Invisible Spaces and you can see both in the basement at Edinburgh’s Summerhall on selected dates from Saturday 10 November 2018 to Friday 21 December 2018.

Brushes with War is on at Kelvingrove Art Gallery from 21st September to the 6th January.  The exhibition has a selection of original artworks by German, Austrian, French, Belgian, British, American, Canadian, Australian and Russian soldier-artists, the exhibition provides an authentic, uncensored account of the experience of ordinary soldiers.

‘For you the war is over’: Scottish POWs 1914 – 1918 More than 170,000 British servicemen became prisoners of war of the Germans during the First World War. NRS is commemorating Scottish POWs in a unique exhibition that brings together privately-owned archives with our own documents, all on show for the first time. The exhibition is on until the 23rd November at National Records of Scotland.

Growing Up With Books is on at the National Museum of Childhood until the 9th December. This exhibition will have a large selection of books from the Museum archives, ranging from the 18th century through to the mid 20th century. There will be some familiar characters and some surprises – such as well known fairy tales or a book from 1725 with a connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Personal stories are told through inscriptions, scraps and handmade stories.

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Want something a bit different? Why not come along to South Block on the 14th November to see US battle it out to see who is Scotland’s top women? An empowering and interactive event hosted by The History Girls Scotland. Five speakers each select a Scottish female champion from history who was involved in the creative industries and activism. It’s then up to you, the audience, to decide who made the best case for their selected champion. Do you think you can handle hearing about five of Scotland’s strong women from their biggest fans? Come along and find out! Tickets are £3 (a bargain) and can be purchased here

Suffragette City East Workshops run by the Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) is on tomorrow (8th November) from 6pm. Want to take part in the development of our Suffragette City East Trail? Taking in the area the GWL calls home we identify the Suffragette Heroines who made the changes still impacting women today. You can be part of the story by joining our team of Women’s History Detectives. This workshop is for women only* and is free to attend. Please book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else. More details and tickets can be found here.

*All women-only events are inclusive of Trans and Intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people who identify in a significant way as woman or female.

Old Glasgow Club Lecture Series runs from the 8th November until 10th January. We highly recommend the talk on the November 8th: Reconstructing Glasgow School of Art – Liz Davidson. Liz Davidson is the Senior Project Manager at the Glasgow School of Art, charged with co-ordinating the restoration of the fire-damaged Mackintosh building. Approaching the end of the four year restoration process that involved painstaking research through archives and archaeology of the salvaged remains, disaster struck again. A second serious fire set the restoration back to beyond its start point. FREE to members/£4 non-members.

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women is a fully revised and extended edition of a highly regarded reference work that illuminates the lives of Scottish women in history. It includes more than 180 additional entries on women who died before 2018, forty new photographs, and an extended thematic index. With fascinating lives on every page, the concise entries illustrate the lives of Scottish women from the distant past to our own times, as well as the worldwide Scottish diaspora. Written by experts, the book provides a striking narrative of how women’s actions and influence have always helped to shape Scotland’s identity. A must for EVERYONE at £35!!!

Thanks – K












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